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Time Crunch

October 15, 2019

"Cathy Colman’s third collection Time Crunch pulses with lyric ingenuity. Deeply felt, these poems are grounded in the mythological, the literary, the filmic, the embodied & the scientific. The breadth of this collection’s wide enough to coax Janis Joplin, Samuel Beckett & Thelonius Monk into the same dance with exacting choreography. She writes ‘Because I have been so many women, none of them able to sleep' and this polyphonic historical multiplicity beckons the reader in as we are drawn through this remarkable book."   

--sam sax, author of bury it


Beauty's Tattoo

August 1, 2009

"Although the realms of dream and desire permeate the poems in Cathy Colman's ravishing new collection, BEAUTY'S TATTOO, it is the way experience itself marks us that this book so powerfully envisions. Cathy Colman shows us how living leaves the evidence of its passage along the lengths of our bodies, both without, and within. The many poems cast as letters in this collection are emblematic of one of the book's central ambitions--to establish a potent, rock-solid bridge of intimacy between the poet and her readers. Cathy Colman's exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future, and heartbreaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. This is a book to treasure"--David St. John, author of The Last Troubadour


Borrowed Dress

October 1, 2001

Winner of the 2001 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry Selected by Mark Doty

 "Vivid, thoughtful, scorching Borrowed Dress speaks back to our impermanence, to the wistfulness of the past and the amnesia of the future, to the dual treasons of speech and silence, to the spaces between lovers, to the nothingness that keeps peeking through everything. Watch out, this passionate book flames in your hands and burns with a radiant light."--Edward Hirsch, author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry

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